Add To Cart
Add To Cart
- All Products
- Spring Super Sale
- Accompaniment Tracks
- Bible Accessories
- Bible Covers
- Bible Studies & Curriculum
- Books, eBooks & Audio
- Church & Supplies
- Clothing & Accessories
- Crafts & Recreation
- Gift & Home
- Kids & Toys
- Last Chance Bargains
- New Release
- Slightly Imperfect
- Streaming Video
- Sunday School
- Buy in Bulk
In 40 Questions About Church Membership and Discipline Jeremy Kimble address forty of the most common and difficult questions that church leaders and members have about the critical role of the church in the life of believers. Each section considers questions of theology, ministry, and practicality, such as:.
- Is there a New Testament precedent for membership?
- How does membership relate to baptism and communion?
- Who should become a member?
- How is discipline related to discipleship?
- Should a believer associate with someone under church discipline?
With succinct chapters, this is an eminently practical resource for any church leader, elder board, or new member seeking a foundational understanding of how the church should function.
Vendor: Kregel Academic
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
Series: 40 Questions
Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Great Format to Discuss These Two Subjects!August 15, 2017Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book provides a unique format to get you thinking deeply about church membership and discipline. You can read through the table of contents for a specific question on the subject, or you can as I did, read through the entire book and be blessed to think through the issues from a variety of vantage points. Mr. Kimble has provided a nice resource here. Though there are many new titles in the area of church membership and discipline published recently, this book carves out its own niche and will be appreciated by readers everywhere.
The author divides the questions into four main parts. Part One defines terms and gets us thinking in the right direction for the questions that follow. Part Two contains general questions about church membership. These questions cover theology, ministry, and practicality. I cant think of a question he left out, nor of a question he answered carelessly.
Part Three contains general questions about church discipline. If anything, the subject of church discipline is even more bewildering to most Christians than that of the little-discussed subject of church membership. The author again divides the questions into theological, ministry, and practical questions. Part Four asked two concluding questions about the significance of these two interrelated subjects.
As a Baptist pastor, I find this volume biblical, well-written, and helpful. Its design makes it the ideal volume to have on the shelf to pull down when a question comes to mind. Even if you squabble about some conclusion the author makes, he writes succinctly and carefully lays the issue out for you. The reader cannot help but be blessed by this volume. I highly recommend it!
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
PASTOR JIM GRAY3 Stars Out Of 5Helpful SurveyAugust 8, 2017PASTOR JIM GRAYQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 440 QUESTIONS ABOUT CHURCH MEMBERSHIP AND DISCIPLINE. By Jeremy M. Kimble, Kregel Academic, 2017.
This is another 40 Question book that is being published by Kregel Academic. The author, Jeremy Kimble is a professor at Cedarville College. He has written a clear and concise work on the local church and discipline. As in earlier publications in the series, each chapter answers a question on the subject matter.
He begins with why Church membership and discipline is important and ends with what is their significance in the Christian life. He sees the importance of church membership as preserving the truth of the Gospel; what he calls covenant commitment; and the church is its membership. In the church discipline is necessary because of the mandate of Scripture; it is a proper demonstration of love, and persevering its members in the faith and edification.
He goes on from this starting point to:
Define church membership as a formal commitment.
Define discipline as the exercise of authority.
He sees the church in relation to the New Covenant and an extension of the Kingdom which he argues from the gospels. To me, this is one weakness in the heavy alliance on Jesuss earthly ministry and the covenant. Little is said about the church as earthy fined by Paul and his epistles. To him, church membership is linked with the act of water baptism and the Lords supper.
After dealing with his Biblical view of the church and discipline, he turns to answers on practical matters including:
1. Why do some churches not believe in membership?
2. What kind of church should one join? The characteristics he suggests are somewhat broad and not specific.
3. On the question who should become a member, he has a good point and emphasis on regenerated people.
4. Age of becoming a member he says is indicated by maturity and discernment rather their years.
5. When should some be removed? The unrepentant sin in the life of a believer. He warns that this is not to be hastily, haphazardly, or unlovingly done. The real goal of discipline is restoration, not punishment. (I am afraid in most cases punishment is the true motive).
6. Benefits of membership is one of the better chapters. Sees the benefits as discipleship, service opportunities, to give structure for your life, and being a witness.
7. What are the responsibilities? Membership brings responsibilities of submission, helping other grow, and attendance.
He then moves onto questions about church discipline. He looks at several passages on the subject. How it has been practiced in history. He deals with Old Testament discipline of Gods people, not fully recognizing the difference between Isreal and the church. This is the weak and confusing chapter. The Old Testament had an element and authority the church does not have, i.e. the killing of the offender. This is caused by failing to see the Isreal as a theocracy; the church is not. In the Old Testament discipline applied to the nation, not only the individual.
Today in the church discipline is not just corrective but provides growing as a disciple. Discipleship is a call to discipline to accomplish the goal of maturity in Christ. Church leadership has the role of positive and negative discipline in the local church. Discipline is a complex issue because we are sinful people dealing with other sinful people. However, discipline is not always practiced in some churches, but he notes its benefits. Its aim is always restoration. The trouble is we tend to throw out the baby with the bath water. We are quick to punish, slow to restore.
Overall this is a helpful book in simulating one to think. It is a starting point for these issues. It is broad and what I would call a startup book to deeper study on these important subjects. It is a good survey on the issues. It gives much food for thought to the Pastor and church leadership. It is a welcome guide and survey on these subjects. It is readable, understandable, and helpful in spite of a few weaknesses.
I received this book from Kregel Academic in exchange for this review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
richard r blakeBridgman, MIAge: Over 65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Church Membership and Church Discipline as Components of a Healthy ChurchJuly 6, 2017richard r blakeBridgman, MIAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0
40 Questions about Church Membership and Discipline is a unique approach to the study of church membership and church discipline, in that, Dr. Jerry Kimble gives a substantive treatment to the inter relationship of the two issues as being crucial to the health of the church, discipleship, and the ongoing work of sanctification in the believer. Dr. Kimble introduces the topics from a biblical, historical, theological, and practical viewpoint.
Each chapter begins with one of the 40 questions being addressed in the book, includes an in-depth answer, a summary statement, and reflections questions, for personal consideration, or for use in a small study group. The book is divided into four parts: Part 1: Considers General Questions about Membership and Discipline. Part 2: Addresses General Questions about Church Membership from a theological approach. Part 3: Looks at general questions about Church Discipline. Part 4: concludes with question regarding the significance of membership and discipline.
Dr. Kimbles writing is succinct, exegetically sound, theologically conventional, and pastorally supportive; extensively researched and well documented. Detailed footnotes add an extra dimension for further study, and will be especially helpful for pastors, bible teachers, and seminary students.
Readers will appreciate Dr. Kimbles academic depth of in his presentation. I especially appreciated the authentic concern Kimble reveals in his emphasis on the process of discipline, restoration, and forgiveness. The reflective questions related to the ministry questions are especially thought provoking.
Dr. Jerry M. Kimble is Assistant of Theological Studies at Cedarville, Ohio. His book 40 Questions about Church Membership and Discipline is an important resource for pastors, church leaders, and elder board members. Highly Recommended.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.